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Learning to Tell Tales: A Data-driven Approach to Story Generation

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At this session of the NLIP Reading Group we’ll be discussing the following paper:

Neil McIntyre and Mirella Lapata. 2009. Learning to Tell Tales: A Data-driven Approach to Story Generation. In Proceedings of ACL -IJCNLP-09.

Abstract: Computational story telling has sparked great interest in artificial intelligence, partly because of its relevance to educational and gaming applications. Traditionally, story generators rely on a large repository of background knowledge containing information about the story plot and its characters. This information is detailed and usually hand crafted. In this paper we propose a data-driven approach for generating short children’s stories that does not require extensive manual involvement. We create an end-to-end system that realizes the various components of the generation pipeline stochastically. Our system follows a generate-and-and-rank approach where the space of multiple candidate stories is pruned by considering whether they are plausible, interesting, and coherent.

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